Rare Scares: You Can’t Judge a Mechanical Shark by His Steel-Plated Exterior

In my final “Rare Scares” post for Virtual Bastion (Happy Halloween! Or close enough.), I discussed the scary insides of the not-so-scary Clanker from Banjo-Kazooie. The poor guy just needed someone help cure his ailing stomach, after all. Guess your insides would be a mess too if you were a giant, cyborg, aquatic garbage disposal!


The shark. One of nature’s most misunderstood animals? Or an unfeeling, destructive force of the seas? Maybe it’s best not to judge, especially since folks who have played Banjo-Kazooie know all too well just how tough it can be to be a shark, and a mechanical shark that’s used as a garbage disposal, at that. Okay, so maybe his actual “shark”-ness is in question, considering he has a blowhole, but still, pitiable Clanker is a sympathetic creature. And while he may look scary, as does the rusty, junky cavern in which he lives, Clanker is a nice shark(ish) automaton who just needs Banjo and Kazooie’s help to feel better, what with all the garbage he’s had to eat. Unfortunately, there’s only one way to mostly do that, and it’s by swimming around Clanker’s insides…and that’s when things get scary. The Duck provided plenty of visuals in her Let’s Play of…

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